Rotator Cuff Surgery

Richard Goding, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa

Richard Goding, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in West Des Moines, IA & Corydon, IA

Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons holding your shoulder together, both providing stability and facilitating its wide range of motion. At the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa in West Des Moines and Corydon, Iowa, Richard Goding, MD, provides rotator cuff surgery to repair your shoulder. If you’re living with a rotator cuff injury and need expert treatment, call the office nearest you or schedule a consultation online today.

Rotator Cuff Surgery

What is rotator cuff surgery?

Rotator cuff surgery is a shoulder surgery that repairs severe damage to the tendons and muscles that comprise your rotator cuff. 

In most cases, Dr. Goding uses minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques for rotator cuff surgery, but in some cases, you might need a traditional open surgery.

Why would I need rotator cuff surgery?

Rotator cuff injuries can severely interfere with your mobility and your range of motion. Some of the common symptoms of a rotator cuff injury include:

  • Shoulder pain, especially when you lift your arm or reach overhead
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Reduced mobility and range of motion


In most cases, Dr. Goding applies nonsurgical treatments to heal your shoulder before recommending surgery. However, some rotator cuff damage, either from degenerative wear-and-tear or acute injuries, requires surgical repair.

What happens during rotator cuff surgery?

You have general anesthesia during shoulder surgery, so you sleep throughout the procedure. Dr. Goding makes the necessary incisions in your shoulder, either button-hole for arthroscopy or larger incisions for open surgery.

Depending on your specific injury and needs, a few standard procedures are included in rotator cuff surgery. Dr. Goding might remove loose pieces of tendon, bursa, and other tissue from within your shoulder. 

He might need to create more room in your rotator cuff to reduce impingement (pinching) and irritation. He could also end up reattaching the torn edges of tendons and reattaching the tendon to the bone.

When your rotator cuff repairs are complete, Dr. Goding removes the surgical instruments, closes your incisions, and bandages your shoulder.

What should I expect after rotator cuff surgery?

After rotator cuff surgery, you spend a few hours in recovery. Before he releases you, Dr. Goding provides you with customized aftercare instructions and prescriptions for medication to prevent infection and manage your pain.

You need to wear a sling to support and stabilize your shoulder while you heal and should only take it off to shower and for physical therapy. You need to take some time off work or school immediately following your surgery, but you start physical therapy almost right away.

When you go back to work or school, you need to avoid strenuous activity and should avoid using your injured shoulder until Dr. Goding says it’s safe to return to your regular activities.

If you’re looking for an expert shoulder surgeon in the West Des Moines or Corydon areas, call the Joint Preservation Institute of Iowa or make an appointment with Dr. Goding online today.